The meeting and workshop of the fourteenth international network Impact of Empire took place at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz from 12–15 June 2019. It brought together some fifty scholars to discuss “The Impact of Empire on Roman Landscapes”. The organisers, Marietta Horster and Laura Kopp, and the participants were warmly welcomed by the managing chair of the network, Olivier Hekster from Nijmegen.
We would like to thank all speakers of the workshop for their stimulating presentations and critical comments with which they helped us all to become more focused and more sensitive to the many facets of the ‘landscapes’ subject. We are greatly indebted to them as well as to the many students and colleagues from Mainz and abroad present at the four-day workshop, who by their thought-provoking questions, their observations and commentaries contributed to its success. Many of the papers presented at that workshop in Mainz are included in this volume published in the IMEM-series by Brill. We wish to thank the anonymous reviewer for her/his comments that have improved many contributions and the overall coherence of the volume and we are thankful for Lien Foubert’s (Nijmegen) and Giulia Moriconi’s (Brill) constant support during the editing process.
The workshop was generously funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and two suborganisations of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz: the ZIS (Zentrum für interkulturelle Studien) and the GICC (Gutenberg International Conference Center). We received support for the selection procedure of papers as well as for the organisation of the conference by Olivier Hekster (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) and Alexandra Busch (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz). We are grateful for this endorsement, which helped to make the workshop a memorable and stimulating event.
The editors are grateful for the assistance of the following individuals for their help during the organisation of the workshop and/or the editorial process: Jonas Breßler, Andrea Görgen, Laura Kopp, Svenja Liedtke, Alexandro Leto, Annika Stendebach.
Marietta Horster and Nikolas Hächler